The Story of Philosophy - Study Guide Friedrich Nietzsche Summary & Analysis

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Friedrich Nietzsche perhaps unconsciously denounces influences in his writing to cover up his philosophical origins. He claims the English Darwinians, French positivists and German socialists reject Christian theology but retain its morality. They are no longer practicing Anglicans, Catholics and Lutherans but remain Christians. Nietzsche claims power, not justice, makes differences and destinies. The German Bismarck eliminates Europe's delusions, democracy and ideals in recognizing that nations do not share altruism. He unites German states into an empire that symbolizes a new morality of strength.

Nietzsche is born in 1844 in Prussia. His father dies when he is young. He is raised by women in the household. In 1865 he reads Schopenhauer and sees himself. He is drafted by the military but falls off a horse and is discharged. Nietzsche enters academic life in philology to study literature and related fields. He earns a Ph.D...

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